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Google to pay UK publishers for news
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Google has launched Google News Showcase in the UK and Argentina, offering selected paywall content to users for free. News Showcase is already available in Germany, Brazil and, as of last week, Australia. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said the program would help the company pay $1 billion to publishers over the next three years.

Technology • Games
Google shuts down its in-house Stadia game development studios
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Google Stadia logo Credit: Google

Google is shutting down its internal Stadia game development division, the company announced today, as it refocuses Stadia to be a home for streaming games from existing developers instead of developing its own games for the service.

Jade Raymond, the veteran producer who helped build Assassin's Creed for Ubisoft and moved on to EA several years ago before leaving to run game creation at Stadia, is exiting the company, according to Google.

Phil Harrison Vice President of Google Stadia wrote in a blog post today: "We see an important opportunity to work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia's advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools."

Technology • Internet & Web
Google releases "Year in Search 2020"
Screenshot of "Year in Search 2020"
Screenshot of "Year in Search 2020" Credit: Google

Google has released its "Year in Search 2020" Wednesday, featuring this year's top searches in various categories.

The top five search queries were Coronavirus, Election results, Kobe Bryant, Zoom and IPL. The list also highlights this year's losses, with people searching for Kobe Bryant, George Floyd, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Connery, Eddie van Halen and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Technology • Internet & Web
Free unlimited storage for Google Photos will end on June 1st, 2021
Free unlimited storage for Google Photos will end on June 1st, 2021
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From June 1st, 2021 Google will no longer offer unlimited storage for personal photos. The service will then only offer 15 gigabytes of free storage. Alongside photos, "Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files" will begin counting against storage caps.

In addition data from accounts that have been inactive for at least two years will be deleted.

Technology • Internet & Web
G Suite gets rebranded to Google Workspace
G Suite gets rebranded to Google Workspace
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Google just rebranded G Suite to Google Workspace. Workspace brings together Gmail, Docs, Meet, Room and Drive and introduces a "new brand identity that reflects our ambitious product vision and the way our products work together" and "a deeply integrated user experience that helps teams collaborate more effectively, frontline workers stay connected, and businesses power new digital customer experiences".